Friday , 24 February 2017

National News

Human rights issues in J&K be settled by India: EU

PTI NEW DELHI The issues of alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir should be settled by Indian institutions, The European Union said today, remarks that come against the backdrop of Pakistan’s repeated attempts to internationalise it. It, however, chided India for blocking foreign funding to several NGOs. Chairperson of European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister said the ... Read More »

2 women IPS officers terminated for ‘unauthorised’ absence

PTI NEW DELHI The government has terminated the services of two women IPS officers who were facing inquiry for “unauthorised leave” for a long period. Maria Lou Fernandes, a 1991-batch officer of Maharashtra cadre, and Jyoti S Belur, a 1993-batch officer of Uttarakhand cadre, were removed from the services by terming their unauthorised absence as “deemed resigned”. The Home Ministry’s ... Read More »

India, Maldives agree to impart fresh momentum in ties

PTI NEW DELHI India and Maldives have held a comprehensive review of ties, with a major focus on areas of defence, security and counter-terror cooperation, during a two-day visit of Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar to the island nation. Akbar visited Maldives from February 21 to February 22 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special envoy and ... Read More »

PM urges US to keep open mind on H-1B visas

AGENCIES NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the United States on Tuesday to keep an open mind on admitting skilled Indian workers, in comments that pushed back against Republican President Donald Trump’s “America First” rhetoric on jobs. Modi’s comments reflected concern that India’s $150-billion IT services industry would suffer if the United States curbs the visas, known as H-1B, ... Read More »

38 radar stations for coastal surveillance

PTI NEW DELHI The defence ministry on Tuesday cleared a project to set up 38 radar stations to significantly ramp up surveillance of the country’s over 7,500-km-long coastline. The Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, gave in-principle approval for the Rs 800-crore project. The DAC also cleared a proposal to set up an integrated engine repair facility ... Read More »

Most states support making poll bribery cognizable offence

PTI NEW DELHI Majority of the states have supported a proposal to make bribery during elections a ‘cognizable’ offence which the Election Commission feels would check use of money power in polls. At present, bribery of voters is a non-cognizable offence under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and is punishable by imprisonment for a term of up to one ... Read More »

PM talking ‘senseless things’ as BJP’s defeat is imminent: Cong

PTI BHOPAL Narendra Modi is talking “senseless things” sensing his party’s “imminent” defeat in all five states where Assembly elections are held, a senior Congress leader said today in a sharp jibe at the Prime Minister over his “graveyard” remark which he made at a Uttar Pradesh rally. “Modi has started thinking about kabristan (graveyard) and shamsan (crematorium). This shows ... Read More »

BJP will liberate UP from likes of Mukhtar Ansari: Shah

PTI ALLAHABAD Unfazed by allegations that BJP was playing communal card, party chief Amit Shah today promised to put an end to illegal slaughter houses if voted to power and “liberate” UP from “fear of” people like Atiq Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari. Shah, who addressed rallies and held a roadshow in the district having the highest number of 12 assembly ... Read More »

IT Minister urges Nadella to help boost DigiGaon initiative

IANS NEW DELHI Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday met Indian-born CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and urged him to consider the use of Microsoft’s innovative technology in the upcoming Digigaon (Digital Village) initiative. “Had a good & productive meeting with @satyanadella. He deeply appreciated the success of ongoing #DigitalIndia program, which is transformative,” the minister ... Read More »

Cook to become chef at CRPF, barber will be hairstylist

PTI NEW DELHI Dhobi, safai karamchari, mali and mochi at CRPF will soon get English titles, while cook will become chef and barber will be called hairstylist as part of a ‘nomenclature facelift’ suggested by the government. Fitter will become automotive mechanic, mali will be gardener or horticulturist and safai karamchari – house keeper, while those working in kitchen including ... Read More »

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